Whole Parenting Family

Second Pregnancy with Morning Sickness

Yes, we’re expecting baby number 2 in mid-April! Needless to say we’re thrilled, excited, petrified, and happy that SuperBoy gets to be a big brother. The biggest challenge of being 10 weeks pregnant is that I have a bad case of the all-day morning sickness and a toddler who runs, plays, teethes, and wants to go outside all the time. I was very sick with SuperBoy the whole 9 months and am praying for reprieve by 12 weeks this time around!

My midwife recommended a few different ways of coping with the extreme nausea. Please add ones that worked for you!

1) Food.

All the time. Any time. Anything that sounds appealing. Protein. Ice cream. Whatever can stay down (not much). Ice cream does stay down better than other things, and bland does appear to be the order of seasoning at this point, much to my chagrin as I love my Thai and Persian food with some taste.

2) Acupressure & Acupuncture.

I’m wearing Sea Bands on both wrists–which helped defer vomiting for a day–and considering acupuncture. Did this work for anyone else?

3) Ginger.

I just loathe the taste of it, but have managed to suck down a few ginger drops. These and preggie pops just don’t taste very good to me. But I should really give them a large-dose try.

4) Vitamin B6.

Haven’t done it yet.

5) Zofran.

Only if absolutely necessary. I had to take this for a while with SuperBoy as I was being sick in the car while driving to work, at work, and pretty much all the time. We’re not that bad off this time, so this is staying in reserve.

What worked or didn’t work for you?


  1. Joseph on September 16, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Oh my gosh, I know you’re going through a rough time with sickness but I can’t get over my excitement for you two!!! I love you guys so much and you are incredible parents!

    • Novice Natural Mama on September 20, 2011 at 9:43 am

      We are so excited too! Thank you for your love & support. We can’t wait for your big day and your future children!

  2. KJ on September 16, 2011 at 11:05 am

    YAAAAAAAAAAAY Baby #2!!!!

  3. ejones217 on September 16, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Those are all the tricks I know as well. I will pray that the nausea subsides soon. Until then, saltines and ginger ale (ugh, I know).

    • Novice Natural Mama on September 20, 2011 at 9:45 am

      Ginger ale is better than real raw ginger . . . . ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. KJ on September 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

    p.s. I found the Triple Ginger Snaps at Trader Joe’s and ate them constantly. I think they helped me, but then I’m not a ginger hater.

  5. Roselady on September 16, 2011 at 11:55 am

    What good news. How fun to build a family!

  6. Kristina Beda on September 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I ate small meals/snacks every 2 hours. Protein rich snacks helped, such as yogurt and string cheese. I drank gingerale nonstop. The good news is that with this pregnancy the nausea did not last beyond 12 weeks. Also, the 9 month long migraine I experienced while preggo with Hannah did not happen this time around.

    This pregnancy I really spent time praying and studying my bible about healing and believing God for healing. I know if you seek him in faith He will do the same for you.

    Again, so excited for you!!!!

  7. Tasslyn Magnusson on September 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    As I said, was definitively there with Eowyn! I knew every good place to puke on the way to and from work – and at work. Perrin (who was 2 at the time) learned to open the toilet seat and show me – “Here Mommy, Puke Here.” Nice, eh?

    I finally did zofran. It was the only thing that got me through. Also, invest in dental insurance as I had 5 cavities afterwards.

    I did have one really horrible experience. I asked the midwife and ob who were working with me if I should be worried that I wasn’t gaining weight. “Oh, honey, we worry about that with some girls, not you.” Thanks ladies – let me just puke on your desk for you. Way to make me feel good about being pregnant and sick!!!

    Ginger never did anything for me. Cold water, yes. Anything I felt like eating, I thought perhaps I wouldn’t throw up. I also kept Perrin in daycare when i didn’t have to just to sleep. You’ll need the sleep to recup – so, if that will work, that would be a great gift to give yourself. Or even a parent or friend who can take J out while you sleep.


  8. abbyanderson on September 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    zofran was the only thing that gave me a little bit of relief in the beginning.

  9. Liv on September 16, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I know a great acupuncturist who specializes in pre-natal care if you’d like! I was never sick but she worked magic on my sciatic pain!

  10. Whitney Blessing on September 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    First of all congratulations! How exciting to hear that you’re on your way with #2 – lucky children of yours to have a Mama like you! Unfortunately, I’m not good for nausea advice either because I didn’t get morning sickness with my first two, nor with my current pregnancy. I don’t know what the secret to avoiding it may be! I’ve only heard the usual: light snacks throughout the day, crackers, nuts, ginger ale… Just hang in there, every pregnancy can be different, maybe this will subside after a while, as you said. My best to you and yours!

    • Novice Natural Mama on September 20, 2011 at 9:46 am

      Thanks for your congrats! I will eat more nuts. Good fats for me and baby ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Anna on September 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I never threw up, but I did start to feel some nausea in the first trimester. I battled it by literally constantly eating either saltines or graham crackers, or sucking on lifesavers (wintergreen, fruit flavor, whatever). I also had a slew of other snacks that I could munch on in case they sounded good (carrots were good, yogurt was an on and off thing). And I started every day with warm milk and honey to settle my stomach.

    Good luck on Baby #2! YAY!!!!! So happy for you

    • Novice Natural Mama on September 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

      Lifesavers . . . a very good idea! And I like honey and milk combo, so will try that too.

  12. Antonina on September 17, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! (for the baby, not the sickness)

  13. Donielle Olson on September 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Congrats!!We’ll have to come over soon to give you a Olson group hug!!!! Have you tried fruit smoothies with ginger mixed into them? gets you great food and a cover for the ginger taste! I also keep the really dry animal crackers around and ate a few pretty often just to keep something in my tummy. I also made some stir fry dishes rich in iron that had fresh ginger. Let me know if you want recipes!

    • Novice Natural Mama on September 20, 2011 at 9:48 am

      We would LOVE an Olson group hug! Disguising the ginger in a smoothie is a fabulous idea. And yes, I need some good stir fry recipes. Will email you!

  14. JSquared on September 22, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Ugh! I feel for you. Baby #2 on board here, too. For me it’s constant, crippling nausea, but no vomiting.

    The only thing I have to add is that meditation/guided visualization seems to be helping. Or maybe just the extra focus is making it easier to deal with the nausea, I don’t know. There are a few tracks out there specifically tailored to nausea, but I find the general purpose ones to be less annoying and just as effective.

    • Novice Natural Mama on September 23, 2011 at 9:34 am

      That is a wonderful suggestion. The power of meditation is pretty amazing. Thanks! So sorry to hear you’re struggling with the nausea too. I’ll offer up some of my suffering for you!

  15. Erin on September 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Oh man, I feel your pain. I was SO sick with Ada Louise for 17 weeks. I was prescribed Zofran, as well, but only took it when I could barely make it through the day. Ginger/Ginger Ale/anything with Ginger made me even more sick to my stomach. I found that dried fruit, specifically dried mangoes and dried apricots worked well for me. I had little stashes in every purse. Whenever I felt sick, I would just nosh on the dried fruit. Really it was the only thing that worked. I tried the morning sickness wristbands, saltines, etc….nothing would quell my aching stomach.

    • Novice Natural Mama on September 29, 2011 at 10:34 am

      I just got some dried mangos and am hoping they work for me too! Thanks for the suggestion. It is such a physically draining thing, building another human being! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. michele on February 3, 2013 at 12:51 am

    I get terribly sick, too! I was sick to some degree the whole nine months with my first and I just started my second trimester with my second and it seems to be trending that way! I don’t vomit much but my nausea gets so bad in the beginning I can’t leave bed. Zofran did nothing for me but this compounded medicine I take (which is mostly B6) is a lifesaver!

    • Natural Mama Nell on February 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Oh Michele! I’m so sorry. It’s super rough. I really hope it improves soon for you and gets a little easier to function. I recall laying down on the floor playing with my first often throughout the second pregnancy. So sorry! Thoughts & prayers for coping!